April 18 Energy News

April 18, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Could Nuclear Fusion Solve Our Energy Problems?” • Nuclear fusion is the process that makes the sun hot. Harnessing it on earth could provide a vast source of clean electricity. But nuclear fusion requires a lot of heat to make it go, and we are probably decades away from building a reactor that can produce more energy than it consumes. [Yale Climate Connections]

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World:

¶ “Official Warning To Banks: Get Real About Climate Change Or Risk Going Bust” • Central bankers and finance regulators from 34 countries, including the UK, France, Germany, China, and Japan, have warned banks to act urgently to fight climate change or risk going bust. The policymakers argue that banks must invest sustainably. [CNN]

¶ “Greta Thunberg Meets The Pope After Scolding EU Leaders On Climate Change” • Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg met Pope Francis at the Vatican. A day earlier, she had addressed a committee of the European Parliament, scolding them for spending their time “arguing about taxes or Brexit” in the face of a building climate crisis. [CNN]

Greta Thunberg meets Pope Francis

¶ “Vestas Installed One Out Of Five Wind Turbines Globally In 2018” • The Global Wind Energy Council published figures which confirmed that Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S dominated turbine supply in 2018. Vestas accounted for over 20% of the 50,617 MW of turbines installed during that year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Work Begins On Warwick Solar Farm – UQ’s Ticket To 100% Renewables” • Works have begun on a 64-MW solar farm owned by the University of Queensland. The Warwick solar farm will help make UQ the first major university in the world to offset 100% of its electricity usage through its own renewable energy assets. [RenewEconomy]

University of Queensland’s Warwick solar farm

¶ “Europe Invests €27 Billion In Wind In 2018” • Europe invested €27 billion in new wind farms in 2018, financing a record amount of future capacity, according to WindEurope’s annual Financing and Investment Trends report. Though the amount of money is similar to what was invested in 2017, the amount of capacity it added set a record of 16.7 GW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Finishes 385-MW Arkona Offshore Wind Farm In Record Time” • The 385-MW Arkona offshore wind farm was officially opened after Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy completed the installation of 60 of its 6 MW offshore wind turbines in record time, taking only five months to finish the job, well ahead of schedule. [CleanTechnica]

Arkona Offshore Wind Farm

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Takes Over Nearly 1 GW Of Offshore Projects From GE” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will likely supply about 1 GW of offshore wind turbines for two French offshore wind farms, taking over supply from GE Renewable Energy, which ceded an agreement that has been plagued by delays since 2012. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “How 18 Democratic Candidates Responded To A Climate Policy Survey” • The New York Times asked all 18 declared Democratic presidential candidates for their views on a number of policy options related to climate change. While they agreed on major issues, such as return to the Paris accord, there are distinctions among them. [The New York Times]

Coal-burning power plant (J David Ake | Associated Press)

¶ “Duke Basks In 270 MW Of Carolinas Solar” • Duke Energy is to develop 270 MW of solar PV capacity under North Carolina’s Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy program. Duke will develop six of the 14 PV projects in the program. Altogether, the program calls for development of 602 MW, most of which is to be complete in 2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “Maine Company Launches Renewable Energy System To Power Remote Communities” • Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co has already powered more than 30% of the remote Alaskan community of Igiugig. Now, it wants to increase its current reach to isolated and indigenous communities around the world. [Press Herald]

Gov Janet Mills reviewing Ocean Renewable Power Co’s RivGen Power System (Press Herald photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette)

¶ “Report Finds ‘Alarming Unaddressed Deficiencies’ In US Offshore Oil Drilling” • Even as the Trump administration has taken steps to expand offshore oil drilling, a report from Oceana, an environmentalist group, shows that thousands of oil spills are still happening and that workers in the oil and gas industry are still dying on the job. [CNN]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Announces New Solar-Plus-Storage Hybrid Project In New York” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it will partner with Helios Energy to develop a new hybrid solar-plus-storage system in upstate New York. The system is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020. [CleanTechnica]

GE Renewable energy storage

¶ “Heat Pumps Gain Traction As Renewable Energy Grows” • A cluster of new studies from states, environmental groups, and electric utilities suggest that as more electricity from solar and wind power is put on the nation’s electric grids, a wider use of electric heat pumps will help the US reduce its CO₂ emissions to near zero by 2050. [Scientific American]

¶ “Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up In The US – At Last” • On June 1, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts will shut down, a victim of hard nuclear power economics. The electricity it generated will be replaced by another carbon-free source: a fleet of 84 offshore wind turbines rising nearly 650 feet above the ocean’s surface. [WIRED]

Have a downright delectable day.

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